Financial Aid

You should become familiar with all of your financial aid options. To determine eligibility for federal grants (Pell Grant), loans, and work study, be sure to complete your Free Application For Student Aid (FAFSA):  If awarded, the Pell Grant funds will be added to your GI Bill and scholarships providing additional dollars to your account. Contact Financial Aid for more complete information or call (616) 331-3234 for assistance. 


GVSU Scholarships for Veterans and their families (INTERNAL)

  • Morgan Singer and Fredrick S. Singer Memorial Veterans Endowed Scholarship:
    • Assists US Military veterans with the cost of a GVSU degree. 
    • Designed to assist veterans with the costs of completing a degree at Grand Valley State University.
    • Candidates must an undergraduate and enrolled as a degree-seeking student
    • Candidates must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA and must be making satisfactory academic progress
    • Must demonstrate financial need by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    • Preference will be given to veterans who are nontraditional students and those who have exhausted tuition benefits and other resources
  • WGVU LZ Michigan Scholarship Endowment*
    • Made available by WGVU Public Media to support Veterans and/or Veterans Dependents
    • Recipients must have been accepted for or be currently enrolled at GVSU
    • Must be undergraduate enrolled for 12 credit hours or more
    • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Must be a Veteran or a Veteran dependent (verified by DD-214 or proof of lineage to Veteran if dependent)
    • WGVU employees and their dependents are not eligible
  • Lt. William Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship Endowment
    • Benefits students who serve in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, active or reserve, and for any honorably discharged veterans.  
    • Provides financial aid for Grand Valley students who serve in any branch of the U.S. armed forces, active or reserve, and for anyone who is an honorably discharged veteran.
    • Must be enrolled with full-time status
    • Candidates shall be making satisfactory academic progress.
    • First-year candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.0
    • Must demonstrate financial need
    • Renewal Criteria: Scholarship is not automatically renewed, must reapply.
  • Thompson Working Families Scholarship 
    • First priority given to students who have completed full-time U.S. or National Guard military service over one year
    • Income between $0 and $12,000
    • Must commit to performing a minimum of 20 hours of community service each academic year
    • Awards start at $2500

To apply and/or learn more about these scholarships, follow the link to find a scholarship

Michigan Military-Connected Scholarships

West Michigan Alliance for Veterans (WMA4V) Housing Assistance Program (rolling application)
Qualified veterans can receive up to $500/month to pay four housing | Application | Information/Eligibility To prove financial need, you may submit a copy of your FAFSA - if your income is included; otherwise, you will need to furnish a copy of your most recent tax return. | FERPA Permission to Release Information

West Michigan Veterans Coalition Armed Forces Scholarship 
 Ten $1000 scholarships. Deadline: Sept. 30 

Welcome Home Scholarship Fund - $3,000 award
For men and women returning home from active duty deployment in Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom and honorably discharged within the last three years. (Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation)

West Michigan Veterans Coalition Armed Forces Dependent Scholarship* 
$500 is available to Spouses and Dependent Children (up to age 26). Deadline: June 30

National Guard Association of Michigan (NGAM) Veteran Support Grant (VSG)  
The use of a National Guard Association of Michigan (NGAM) Veteran Support Grant (VSG) is intended to assist veterans in need.

Folds of Honor Scholarship
This scholarship is intended for students who have an immediate family member (spouse or parent) who has been killed in the line of duty while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Guy M. Wilson/William D. & Jewell Brewer Scholarships – Children of Veterans*
One-time award of $500 each for undergraduate use at a Michigan college. Deadline: Early January

Children of Veterans Tuition Grant (CVTG) State of Michigan*
Students may receive scholarship assistance for up to four academic years for a total of up to $11,200.

Guide to military-connected scholarships (Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs)


Intel-AFCEA Diversity Scholarship
Amount: $5,000 for undergraduate and $10,000 for graduate (Deadline: May 31)

The Deana and Paul Strunk Military Veterans Scholarship Program
Amount: $2,500-$5,000 (Deadline: May 15)

CCME Veteran Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 (Deadline: November 15)

The H&P Veterans Helping Veterans Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 (Deadline: May 1 & November 1)

Veterans & Military Family Scholarship*
Amount: $1,000 (Deadline: June 15)

TonaLaw Veteran’s Scholarship
Amount: $1,000 (Deadline: November 30)

Veterans United Foundation Scholarship
Amount: up to $50,000 (Deadline: March 31)

(NOTE: * indicates the scholarship is open to dependents)


What is myScholarships?
myScholarships is a free, online scholarship application system that allows GVSU students to apply to 400+ endowed and departmental scholarships and is accessed on the GVSU scholarships webpage. 

When should I begin searching for scholarships?
October 1 is generally a good time to begin exploring scholarships for the following academic year. This is also when myScholarships opens each year.

How do I know if an Outside Scholarship is legitimate?
Organizations offering scholarships should not ask you for personal information, such as your social security number or banking information. Do not apply if there are any fees connected to the application.

When is the deadline to apply for scholarships?
Most scholarships in GVSU’s myScholarships have an annual deadline of March 1; however, Non-GVSU Scholarships vary and will be listed along with other requirements.

What are External/Outside Scholarships?
External/Outside Scholarships are scholarships that have no affiliation to GVSU and can be accessed on the GVSU Scholarships webpage.

How do I know if I qualify for a particular scholarship?
All scholarships should have an “eligibility requirements” section that outlines the qualifications for prospective applicants. Make sure that you meet all of the eligibility requirements before applying.

How many scholarships can I apply for?
There is no limit to the number of scholarships for which you can apply to increase your chances to receive funding.

If I am a scholarship recipient at GVSU, how will this be applied to my GVSU bill?
Awards through myScholarships and External/Outside Scholarships will be split between both fall and winter semesters - unless otherwise stated in the scholarship guidelines.


Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships

1 Campus Drive
100 Student Services Building
Allendale, MI 49401

Have more questions? Email [email protected] or call (616) 331-3234,

*All scholarship information provided may be subject to change and has been cited as accurately as possible.

**PLEASE NOTE: These are external scholarships. Grand Valley State University does not have any affiliation with these scholarship agencies and does not take part in the selection of these scholarships. Please remember that GVSU does not endorse any specific website nor is GVSU responsible for the content on the various websites. We are simply providing these links as a courtesy to you.

Page last modified October 17, 2022